It's no secret that there are thousands of food rules and diet tips floating around that we've been tempted to follow, or maybe have actually followed, throughout the years.
It's also no secret that I have tried many of them, and have since transitioned to Queen Anti-Diet 👑.
I've been a nutritionist for a few years now, and I've learned a LOT about genuinely balanced and healthy eating - through experience, my education / school, and research.
Ambiguous food rules are pervasive in our society, and they have come to shape the way most humans consume food. However, most, if not all, of these rules are absurdity due to the fact that they more often than not perpetuate restriction, food fears, and inaccurate nutrition information.
The issue is that nutrition isn't a one-size-fits-all situation, yet we are treating it as one. Just like every human is unique and different, nutritional needs for those individuals is also going to be unique and different.
I could write a novel on food rules and diet tips to AVOID (heck, maybe I will), but for now, here are 4 that you should drop ASAP:
1. "A certain food or drink will boost your metabolism"
There are SEVERAL factors that affect the rate of your metabolism, and particular foods don't fall into that. We actually have very little input on how our metabolism operates. Metabolism is heavily determined by body size and composition, sex, age, muscle tissue, genetics, and hormones. Did you know that your body is built for survival? So when we go on diets, restrict calories, or consume too little (for example, sticking to 1200 calories a day), our body actually goes into famine mode, where it begins to expend LESS calories and store more as it adjusts its metabolism to combat the lack of nourishment. If you want to support your metabolism, you’ve got to serve your body through balanced meals and exercise on a consistent 👏basis👏.
There is no magic food or pill to give your metabolism a boost.
2. "Stop eating carbs if you want to lose weight."
Carbs are actually your body's preferred source of energy. They are ESSENTIAL to your body's function and energy levels.
Carbs are going to provide you with necessary dietary fiber and several nutrients that are pertinent to your health. Carbohydrates are a vital part of your diet.
No one food, or food group, causes weight gain. Your body does not thrive by cutting out carbs - It becomes nutrient deficient. Weight loss as a result of nutrient deficiencies is harmful and unsustainable.
3. "You can trust the advice from a well-known social media influencer."
NO. Just no.
Your nutrition information should always come from a professional in the field.
4. "You should only eat at certain times of the day."
Listen, 300 calories at 1:00pm is the same as 300 calories at 9:00pm. Your body doesn't care about the time that you eat, it just relies on you to fuel it whenever it needs food - No matter what time that is!
There is no right or wrong times you should eat. Skipping breakfast, or intermittent fasting, can slow your metabolism and deprive your body of much needed nutrients at the beginning of the day. Eating after 8pm will not make you gain weight.
If your body needs food, it needs food. The time doesn't matter!
Did you learn something new today?